Category Archives: Participants

The State of the Environmental Humanities, June 2, 2015

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Canadian Studies Program.

Hannes Bergthaller teaches at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan, and is currently an Alexander-von-Humboldt research fellow at the University of Würzburg, Germany, where he is working on a book about ecological biopolitics and liberalism in the US. He is a founding member and immediate past president of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and the Environment (EASLCE), and book review editor for the journal Ecozon@. His research interests are focused on US environmentalism and environmental philosophy. Among his recent publications are a guest-edited theme section on ecocriticism and comparative literature in Komparatistik (2014) and the edited volume Addressing Modernity: Social Systems Theory and US Cultures (together with Carsten Schinko, 2011).

Greg Garrard (Literary Studies, University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus) is the author of Ecocriticism (Routledge, 2004; second edition, 2011), which is the most widely used introduction to the field and has been translated into Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, and—in an unofficial Taiwanese edition—Mandarin Chinese. Garrard has written numerous essays on eco-pedagogy, animal studies, and environmental criticism, and has recently edited Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies (Palgrave, 2011) and The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism (OUP, 2014), the biggest single-volume collection yet published in the field. With John Parham, he co-edits the journal Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism. Garrard is also a founding member and former Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UK & Ireland).

Catriona Sandilands (Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto) teaches and writes across queer and feminist theory, environmental philosophy and political theory, and the environmental humanities; she is currently President of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and was a founder and Past President of the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada / L’Association pour la littérature, l’environnement et la culture au Canada. She is the co-editor (with Bruce Erickson) of Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire (Indiana, 2010), the co-editor (with Melody Hessing and Rebecca Raglon) of This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment (UBC, 2004), and the author of The Good-Natured Feminist: Ecofeminism and the Quest for Democracy (Minnesota, 1999). She is currently completing three projects on the intersections of environmental literatures and politics: the co-edited anthology Green Words / Green Worlds: Environmental Literatures and Politics (with Ella Soper and Amanda Di Battista), a monograph on Jane Rule’s queer contributions to Canadian public cultures, and a work of literary nonfiction on Toronto’s urban plantscapes.

The Anthropocene, May 8, 2015

Dipesh Chakrabarty (History, University of Chicago) is currently working on a book project on the implications of the science of climate change for historical and political thinking. His influential article, “The Climate of History: Four Theses” (Critical Inquiry, Winter 2009), indicates the beginning of that project. Chakrabarty has written or co-edited books including Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal 1890-1940 (Princeton, 1989; 2000), Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton, 2000; second edition, 2007), Cosmopolitanism (Duke, 2000; edited with Rochona Majumdar and Andrew Sartori), and Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies (Chicago, 2002). He is a founding member of the editorial collective of Subaltern Studies, a co-editor of Critical Inquiry, and a founding editor of Postcolonial Studies. Chakrabarty has received many honors for his work, and Provincializing Europe has been translated into Italian, French, Polish, and Spanish and is being brought out in Turkish, Korean, and Chinese. His most recent book, The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

Dale Jamieson (Philosophy, NYU) is the author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed—and What It Means For Our Future (Oxford, 2014), Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2008), and Morality’s Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature (Oxford, 2002). Love in the Anthropocene, with Bonnie Nazdam, will be published by OR Books in 2015. Jamieson is also the editor or co-editor of nine books, most recently Reflecting on Nature: Readings in Environmental Philosophy, 2nd Edition (Oxford, 2012) with Lori Gruen and Chris Schlottmann, and has published more than one hundred articles and book chapters. He serves on the editorial boards of journals including Environmental EthicsScience, Technology, and Human ValuesScience and Engineering EthicsJournal of Applied Animal Welfare ScienceThe Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics; and the Journal of Applied Philosophy. At NYU, Jamieson is Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, and Director of the Animal Studies Initiative.

Peter Kareiva (Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy) joined The Nature Conservancy’s staff in 2002 after more than twenty years in academics and work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he directed the Northwest Fisheries Science Center Conservation Biology Division. In addition to his duties as the Conservancy’s chief scientist, his current projects emphasize the interplay of human land-use and biodiversity, resilience in the face of global change, and marine conservation. Kareiva publishes prolifically, having authored over 100 scientific articles in such diverse fields as mathematical biology, fisheries science, insect ecology, risk analysis, genetically engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, population viability analysis, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology and global climate change. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and been named a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Kareiva has taught at over eight different Universities around the world (including Brown University, Uppsala University, University of Washington and University of Virginia) and authored six books.

Anahid Nersessian (English, UCLA) researches the long Romantic period (1750-1850) and its legacies. Her first book, Utopia, Limited: Romanticism and Adjustment (Harvard University Press, 2015), argues that Romantic writers use literary form to model minimally harmful practices of renunciation, self-containment, and adaptation with respect to a world of finite resources. She is currently working on two book projects: an edition of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s long poem, Laon and Cythna (under contract with Broadview Press), and The Calamity Form, a study of rhetoric and tropology in relation to environmental crisis.

Environmentalism of the Poor, April 15, 2015

Akhil Gupta (Anthropology, UCLA) is a renowned cultural anthropologist whose work since the 1990s has reframed the analytic concept of culture by arguing that anthropologists should analyze the politics of cultural difference, how such differences are produced, and how they are used and abused by the state and by capital. Gupta is the author of Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India (2012) and of Postcolonial Developments: Agriculture in the Making of Modern India (1998). He is also a leading figure in the anthropology of the state and, with Aradhana Sharma, he co-edited The Anthropology of the State: A Reader (2006).

Barbara Rose Johnston (Center for Political Ecology) is an environmental anthropologist whose action-based research explores environmental crisis and human rights abuse, seeking to ensure the right to a healthy environment, environmental equity, and the right to reparation and remedy. Her research and publications have prompted scientific and public policy advisory appointments in international, national, and community-based forums. As an advisor to the Marshall Islands Nuclear Claims Tribunal, Johnston conducted research on the biomedical, social, cultural, and environmental impacts of the United States nuclear weapons testing program and the history and consequences of a classified human radiation experimentation program, served with Holly Barker as an expert witness in Nuclear Claims Tribunal proceedings, and contributed to a 2012 United Nations Special Rapporteur investigation. Johnston also served as editor-in-chief for the interdisciplinary textbook on Water, Cultural Diversity and Global Environmental Change (2012), produced through a partnership between UNESCO International Hydrological Programme, United Nations University Traditional Knowledge Initiative and the Center for Political Ecology.

Jorge Marcone (Comparative Literature, Rutgers) specializes in the history of environmental aesthetics and ecological thinking in Hispanic literatures and cultures. His current projects include a study of the impact of ecological ideas and post-humanist discourses in Latin American, US Latino/a, and Spanish literatures since the end of the Cold War and within the context of a boom of environmental activism in the Hispanic world. Marcone pays special attention to discourses on Amazonia and tropical forests, or the quintessential landscape in Latin America for criticizing modernity, or for apologizing for it, as well as for denouncing the idealization of wilderness. At Rutgers, Marcone is a member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Latin American Studies and currently serves as Undergraduate Director for the Program in Comparative Literature.

Jennifer Wenzel (English, Columbia) is the author of Bulletproof: Afterlives of Anticolonial Prophecy in South Africa and Beyond (Chicago and KwaZulu-Natal, 2009), which was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2010 Perkins Prize by the International Society for the Study of Narrative. Her primary research areas are African and South Asian literatures in English, literatures of Third World liberation, environmental criticism and post-colonial theory. At Columbia, Wenzel has appointments in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. Her current books projects are “Reading for the Planet: World Literature and Environmental Crisis” and “Contrapuntal Environmentalisms: Nature, North and South.” She is also co-editing, with Imre Szeman and Patricia Yaeger, a collection entitled “Fueling Culture: Energy, History, Politics,” to be published by Fordham University Press.

Maite Zubiaurre (Spanish and Comparative Literature, UCLA) studies twentieth-century Peninsular Spanish literature, European (particularly German) and Latin American realism, comparative literature, gender studies, urban studies, cultural studies, Latin American women’s fiction, and Latina and Chicana fiction. She is the author of El espacio en la novela realista. Paisajes, miniaturas, perspectivas [Space and Setting in the Realist Novel. LandscapesMiniatures, Perspectives] (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2000), a book on the dialectics of space and gender in European and Latin American realist fiction. Her book on Cultures of the Erotic. Spain 1898-1939 is forthcoming from Vanderbilt University Press. Zubiaurre is presently writing a book on the cultural representations of trash and rubble in contemporary culture.

Environments and Technologies, March 17, 2014

Allison Carruth (English and Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, UCLA) is the author of Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food (Cambridge, 2013). Her research and teaching interests include the environmental humanities, contemporary literature and new media art, American food movements, critical food studies and science and technology studies. Her current book project is Radical Gardens, Digital Times: From Server Farms to Seed Libraries in Contemporary American Culture. Professor Carruth has served as an editor for Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities and Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and CultureShe is also a key research with the North American Observatory of Humanities for the Environment and the co-founder of a collaborative public art and environmental outreach project called Play the LA River.

Heather Houser (English, University of Texas at Austin) is the author of Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect (Columbia, 2014), which argues that contemporary fiction uses affect to bring audiences to environmental consciousness through the sick body. In 2013-2014, she was a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and her essays appear or will appear in American Literary History, Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Culture, American Literature, and other journals. Houser is currently working on a new project, titled “Environmental Art and the Infowhelm” for now, that gives an account of the aesthetics of information management across environmental media.

Dolly Jørgensen (Environmental History, Umeå University) is a Researcher in the Department of Ecology & Environmental Science at Umeå University in Sweden and is currently president of the European Society for Environmental History. Jørgensen brings her background in engineering—she holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering specialty and she has worked for engineering consulting firms—to her study of environmental history. While her master’s and PhD projects focused on medieval environmental issues, her postdoctoral project examined policies about converting offshore oil and gas platforms into artificial reefs. Jørgensen is currently working on a project about the role of history in the reintroduction of mammals in Norway and Sweden and is focusing on the beaver and muskox in the first phase of this project. She is also an editor for the book series The Environment in History: International Perspectives with Berghahn Books, a co-founder of the Environmental History Network for the Middle Ages (ENFORMA), and the H-Environment book review editor for non-US environmental history books.

Sverker Sörlin (Environmental History, KTH) researches the roles and functions of knowledge in environmentally informed modern societies. His current research projects encompass the science politics of climate change through the lenses of glaciology and sea ice; the emergence of and changes within environmental expertise; historical images of Arctic futures; and the environmental turn in the humanities and the social sciences. With Paul Warde and Libby Robin, he co-edited The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change (Yale, 2013), and the three are currently co-authoring a conceptual and intellectual history of the environment, provisionally entitled The Environment—A History. Sörlin is engaged in environmental and research policy advice in Sweden and internationally; he has served on the Swedish Government’s Research Advisory Board and currently serves on the Government’s Environmental Research Board. He is also a regular contributor to the largest Swedish daily the Dagens Nyheter, appears frequently in the public media, has conducted film and documentary projects for national radio and television, and writes narrative non-fiction. Sörlin was instrumental in founding the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory.

Alexa Weik von Mossner (American Studies, University of Klagenfurt, Austria) worked for several years in the German film and television industry as a production manager and later scriptwriter before earning her PhD in Literature at the University of California, San Diego in 2008. Her research focuses on American and postcolonial literature and film. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Minds: Literature, Emotion, and the Transnational Imagination (U of Texas Press, 2014), the editor of Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2014), and the co-editor, with Sylvia Mayer, of The Anticipation of Catastrophe: Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture (Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg, American Studies Series). Weik von Mossner’s new book project explores the role of emotion and affect in the imagination of global ecological risk scenarios with a focus on American popular culture narratives. She is an Affiliate of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, where she curates the environmental film series Green Visions.

Domestication, February 24, 2015

This seminar will not involve lectures or presentations, but rather discussion of pre-circulated essays by our featured participants.

Susanna Hecht (Urban Planning, UCLA) is a geographer and Professor in the Urban Planning department at UCLA. Her early work on the deforestation of the Amazon led to the founding of the subfield of political ecology. She studies the political economies of development and explores alternatives to destructive development, including forms of conservation in inhabited landscapes such as indigenous technologies, non-timber extractive products, niche markets, and new tenurial forms like extractive reserves. Hecht is the co-author, with Alexander Cockburn, of Fate of the Forest: Destroyers, Developers, and Defenders of the Amazon (1990; updated and reissued by University of Chicago Press in 2010). In 2004, Fate of the Forest was named one of the most influential books in cultural geography by the American Association of Geography. In addition to her academic work, Hecht has also written articles for the Nation, New Left Review, and Fortune Magazine. Hecht’s most recent book is The Scramble for the Amazon and the “Lost Paradise” of Euclides de Cunha (University of Chicago Press, 2013), which won the Elinor Melville Prize for the best book on Latin American environmental history in 2014.

Emma Marris (Independent Scholar) is the author of Rambunctious Garden (2011), which argues that our conservation strategies must change in response to the extent to which humans have altered the planet, and shows how they are changing in specific places around the globe. She is a writer based in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and she writes about the environmental, evolution, energy, agriculture, food, language, books, and film. Her stories have appeared in Conservation, Slate, Nature Medicine, OnEarth, and especially Nature, where she worked as a staffer for several years.

Libby Robin (History of Science, Australian National University) has published widely in the history of science, international and comparative environmental history and the ecological humanities. Her books include Boom and Bust: Bird Stories for a Dry Climate (2009), How a Continent Created a Nation (2007), and The Flight of the Emu: A Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001 (2001), and have won national prizes in zoology, history, and literature. Robin is Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University and Senior Research Fellow at the National Museum of Australia’s Research Centre. She is Guest Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm in the Division of History of Science and Technology (2011-2014). Robin also coordinates the Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network and is vice President of the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations.

Masami Yuki (Foreign Language Institute, Kanazawa University) studies American and Japanese environmental literature with special focuses on topics such as literary soundscapes, urban nature, and discourses on food and toxicity. She is also a translator and has worked on Japanese translations of American literature and scholarly articles as well as English translations of Japanese literature. Her most recent book, Tabi no houe (Suiseisha, 2012) will be translated into English by Michael Berman and published by Palgrave Macmillan, with the tentative title, Around the Hearth of Modernity: Ecocritical Approaches to Foodscapes of Contemporary Japanese Women Writers. In it, Yuki examines the social, political, and aesthetic implications of foodscapes represented in works by Ishimure Michiko, Taguchi Randy, Morisaki Kazue, and Nashiki Kaho. Her current project is a comparative study of contemporary foodways in American and Japanese literature and beyond.

Transspecies and Multispecies Perspectives, January 27, 2015

This seminar will not involve lectures or presentations, but rather discussion of pre-circulated essays by our featured participants.

Stacy Alaimo (English, University of Texas at Arlington) is the author of Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self (Indiana, 2010), which won the ASLE Award for Ecocriticism in 2011. In it, Alaimo argues that “trans-corporeality” is crucial for environmental theories, ethics, and political movements. Her first book, Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space (Cornell, 2000), investigates how North American women writers, theorists, and activists from the early 19th century to the late 20th century transformed the troublesome conceptions of nature for feminist, and sometimes environmentalist, ends. With Susan J. Hekman, Alaimo co-edited Material Feminisms (Indiana 2008), which brings together an exciting range of new materialist theories. She is currently writing a book entitled Sea Creatures and the Limits of Animal Studies: Science, Aesthetics, Ethics.

Elizabeth DeLoughrey (English, UCLA) is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Island Literatures (U of Hawai’i Press, 2007). With George Handley, she co-edited Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment (Oxford, 2011) and, with George Handley and Renée Gosson, she co-edited Caribbean Literature and the Environment (U of Virginia Press, 2005). With Jill Didur and Anthony Carrigan, she has most recently co-edited Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches (forthcoming from Routledge in 2015). In 2012-2013 she coordinated the Global Ecologies: Nature/Narrative/Neoliberalism Conference at UCLA, a workshop on Pacific Island militarization at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, and a workshop on Imperialism, Narrative and the Environment at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich. She is currently completing a manuscript about climate change and empire in literature and the visual arts.

Thom van Dooren (Philosophy, University of New South Wales) is the author of Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (Columbia, 2014), each chapter of which focuses on a different species or group of birds and traces the wide-ranging ramifications of modern-day extinctions. His current work focuses primarily on the philosophical and ethical dimensions of species extinctions and draws the humanities into conversation with ecology, biology, ethology, and ethnographic work with communities whose lives are entangled with disappearing species in a range of different ways. Van Dooren is currently a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich and a Visiting Fellow in the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He is also co-editor of the journal Environmental Humanities.

Diversities: Culture, Biology, Knowledge, December 10, 2014

Joni Adamson (Environmental Humanities, Arizona State University) is the author of American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism (University of Arizona Press, 2001), and co-editor of The Environmental Justice Reader (University of Arizona Press, 2002), American Studies, Ecocriticism and Citizenship (Routledge, 2013), and Keywords for Environmental Studies (New York University Press, in press). Her work focuses on contemporary literature and film, environmental justice, food sovereignty, critical plant studies and global indigenous environmentalisms and cosmopolitics. She is a Principal Investigator of the North American Observatory for Humanities for the Environment, an Andrew W. Mellon/CHCI-funded project that is networking international humanities centers and institutes. Adamson is also past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE). At ASU, she serves as Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and as Affiliate, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes.

Jessica Cattelino (Anthropology, UCLA) is the author of High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty (Duke, 2008), which won the Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Book Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of North America. She is currently writing an ethnography about the cultural value of water in the Florida Everglades, with focus on the Seminole Big Cypress Reservation and the nearby agricultural town of Clewiston. This project tells the human story of Everglades restoration and theorizes the co-production of nature and indigeneity in settler societies like the United States. Cattelino also participates in a National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Network on the Florida Coastal Everglades, for which she will co-author a paper on phosphorus and conduct ethnographic research on the social life of a storm water treatment area.

Ronald Sandler (Philosophy, Northeastern University) is the author of The Ethics of Species: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2012), Character and Environment: A Virtue-oriented Approach to Environmental Ethics (2007), and Nanotechnology: The Social and Ethical Issues (2009). Sandler also co-edited Environmental Virtue Ethics (with Philip Cafaro, 2005) and Environmental Justice and EnvironmentalismThe Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement (with Phaedra C. Pezzullo, 2007). Ronald Sandler directs the Ethics Institute at Northeastern University. He is also a senior researcher in Northeastern’s Environmental Justice Research Collaborative and its Nanotechnology and Society Research Group.

Kyle Powys Whyte (Philosophy, Michigan State University) holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University and is a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration. His primary research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Shawnee, Oklahoma. His articles have appeared in journals such as Climatic ChangeEnvironmental JusticeHypatiaEcological ProcessesSyntheseHuman EcologyJournal of Global EthicsAmerican Journal of BioethicsJournal of Agricultural & Environmental EthicsEthics, Policy & Environment, and Ethics & the Environment. Whyte is a founding member of the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition and a planning team member of the “Everybody Eats: Cultivating Food Democracy” conference; he also serves on the advisory committee of the West Cluster, North American Observatory, of Humanities for the Environment.

Decline and Resilience, Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rosanne Kennedy (Gender, Sexuality and Culture, Australian National University) studies trauma, testimony, and memory, with a particular focus on indigenous and Holocaust texts. Her recent publications include “Humanity’s Footprint: Reading Rings of Saturn and Palestinian Walks in an Anthropocene Era,” which was published in an award-winning issue of Biography on “Post-Human Lives” (2012). In 2014, she organized an MLA roundtable on “Humanities in the Anthropocene Era,” and she is currently working on a project which reads Moby Dick and a novel by Kim Scott, That Deadman Dance, to explore the role of whaling in colonialism and the extirpation of indigenous people and whales. It also looks at the movement to end whaling in Australia in the 1970s and conceptually brings together frameworks from memory studies, settler colonial / indigenous studies, and ecological studies.

Kathleen Morrison (Anthropology, University of Chicago) studies the archaeology and historical anthropology of South Asia with a focus on precolonial and early colonial South India. Her interests include state formation and power relations, agricultural organization and change, colonialism and imperialism, landscape history, anthropology of food and stable isotope analysis, urban-rural relations, botanical analysis, Holocene hunting and gathering, and the integration of archaeological, historical, and ecological analysis. She is the editor, with Susanna B. Hecht and Christine Padoch, of The Social Lives of Forests: Past, Present, and Future of Woodland Resurgence (U Chicago Press, 2013).

Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert (Hispanic Studies, Vassar) works in the fields of literature, ecocriticism and environmental history, art history, and cultural studies, specializing in the multidisciplinary, comparative study of the Caribbean. She is the author of a number of books, among them Phyllis Shand Allfrey: A Caribbean Life (1996), Jamaica Kincaid: A Critical Companion (1999), Creole Religions of the Caribbean (2003; 2nd Revised Edition, 2011; with Margarite Fernández Olmos), Literatures of the Caribbean (2008), and José Martí: A Life (2014). Her current book projects include Extinctions: Colonialism, Biodiversity and the Narratives of the Caribbean, Troubled Sea: Ecology and History in 21st-Century Caribbean Art, and Bagasse: Caribbean Art and the Debris of the Plantation. At Vassar, she is a member of the Programs in Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, International Studies, and Women’s Studies.

Richard White (History, Stanford) specializes in the history of the American west, environmental history and Native American history. His book, The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 (1991), was a Pulitzer Prize nominated finalist. It also won the Francis Parkman Prize for the best book on American History, the Albert B. Corey Prize for U.S.-Canadian History, the James A. Rawley Prize for the history of race relations, and the Albert J. Beveridge Award for best English-language book on American History. His latest book, Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America (2011), won the Los Angeles Times Book Award. White is a co-director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West and the former President of the Organization of American Historians. He received a MacArthur fellowship was awarded a Mellon Distinguished Professor grant in 2007. White is the principal investigator for “Shaping the West,” a project in the Spatial History Lab at Stanford University, which explores the construction of space by transcontinental railroads during the late nineteenth-century.

Boundaries of the Self, Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Christian Bök (English, University of Calgary) is a renowned Canadian experimental, sound, and conceptual poet. His pataphysical encyclopedia Crystallography (Coach House Books, 1994) was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2002), a lipogram that uses only one vowel in each of its five chapters, was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2002. Bök is also the author of Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science (Northwestern University Press, 2001). For the last ten years, Bök has been engaged in what he calls “the xenotext experiment,” a collaboration with biologists in which he is attempting to genetically engineer an organism—an extremophile bacterium—so that its DNA both encodes a poem and prompts the organism to produce a harmless protein that encodes a second poem in the chemical language Bök has devised.

Una Chaudhuri (English and Drama, New York University) is the co-author, with Shonni Enelow, of Ecocide: Research Theatre and Climate Change (Palgrave, 2014), and, with Holly Hughes, co-edited Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (Michigan, 2014). With director Fritz Ertl, she has developed a number of theatre pieces using a process they call “Research Theatre,” and she has worked collaboratively with the artist Marina Zurkow, most recently in a multi-platform project entitled “Dear Climate.” Chaudhuri is also the author of No Man’s Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet’s Plays (1986) and Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama (1995), as well as numerous articles on drama theory and theatre history. With Elinor Fuchs, she co-edited the award-winning critical anthology Land/Scape/Theater (Michigan, 2002). She was guest editor of a special issue of Yale Theater on “Theater and Ecology” and a special issue on Animals and Performance, for TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies (2007).

Linda Nash (History, University of Washington) is an historian of the twentieth-century US who focuses on environmental and cultural history. In addition to an AB and Ph.D. in History, she also holds a BS in Civil Engineering and an MS in Energy and Resources. Her book, Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge (University of California Press, 2006), explores the ways in which doctors, public health officials, engineers, and lay persons have understood the intertwined issues of environment, health, race, and disease in one particular place from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century. It was awarded the American Historical Association’s John H. Dunning Prize, the American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch Book Prize, and the Western Association of Women Historian’s Serra-Keller Prize. Her current book project, tentatively titled Engineering Modern Lands, tells a cultural, environmental, and postcolonial history of postwar “development” by following American water engineers in the decades after World War II as they undertook a series of remarkably unsuccessful projects. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Environmental History and Environmental Justice.

Robert Watson (English, UCLA) is the author of Back to Nature: The Green and the Real in the Late Renaissance (U Penn Press, 2006), which won the ASLE Prize for the year’s best book of ecocriticism, as well as the Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Award for the year’s best book on English Renaissance literature. His other books include Shakespeare and the Hazards of Ambition (Harvard, 1984), Ben Jonson’s Parodic Strategy: Literary Imperialism in the Comedies (Harvard, 1987), The Rest is Silence: Death as Annihilation in the English Renaissance (UC, 1995), and Throne of Blood (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). His poems have appeared in the New Yorker and other literary journals. At UCLA, Watson has served as Chair of the Department of English, Chair of the Faculty of the College of Letters and Science, Associate Vice-Provost for Educational Innovation, and now Associate Dean of Humanities.